Roaches are not uncommon household guests. But did you know that if you see a roach during the day in your home, it may be because of overcrowding in its current home, forcing it out? Makes you see that one roach in a whole new light!
The 4 best-known species of cockroaches are:
- American Cockroach
- German Cockroach
- Asian Cockroach
- Oriental Cockroach
Cockroaches have been around for over 320 million years and can be over 2 inches long, with 6 legs, 2 antennae, and some even have wings. Some species of roaches are beneficial to the environment by assisting in the recycling of organic materials, but some are considered pests because they contribute to the spread of bacteria and disease. They leave chemical trails in their feces, which attracts other roaches to trails that lead to food and water. This may lead to swarming.
Roaches enter your home through every way imaginable: cracks, crevices, drains, pipes, vents, and even by stowing away in your bag or boxes! Homes are the perfect breeding grounds for roaches. With ample warmth, food, and water, they multiply quickly. Roaches can invade the cleanest of homes-- they aren’t picky!
Roaches multiply quickly and are typically nocturnal creatures that hide when exposed to light. They lay capsules that contain 30-40 eggs that take 3-4 months to hatch. Most females can produce up to 8 egg capsules in their lifetime, with some known to produce up to 400 offspring.
If you find yourself in the midst of a roach infestation, don’t panic. There are a few steps to take to prevent further multiplying:
- Put any food or water in sealed containers
- Fit your garbage cans with tight lids and take out regularly
- Clean any scraps of food
- Seal entry points
- Repair any dripping faucets
No roach problem is too large for us!